sententious

[ sen-ten-shuhs ]
/ sɛnˈtɛn ʃəs /

adjective

abounding in pithy aphorisms or maxims: a sententious book.
given to excessive moralizing; self-righteous.
given to or using pithy sayings or maxims: a sententious poet.
of the nature of a maxim; pithy.

Origin of sententious

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin sententiōsus meaningful. See sentence, -ous

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sententious

/ (sɛnˈtɛnʃəs) /

adjective

characterized by or full of aphorisms, terse pithy sayings, or axioms
constantly using aphorisms, etc
tending to indulge in pompous moralizing

Derived Forms

sententiously, adverbsententiousness, noun

Word Origin for sententious

C15: from Latin sententiōsus full of meaning, from sententia; see sentence
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